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Bryan Life 

Volume 37, Number 1 
Editorial Office: 

P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 3732 
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Bryan College Board of Trustees 

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Cypress, Texas 

Mrs. Delana Bice 
Houston, Texas 

Mr. Gerald Cline 
Farmington Hills, Mich. 

Mr. J. Wayne Cropp 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. Ralph Green 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Col. John Haynes 
Lilburn, Ga. 

Rev. Howard Park 
Pelham, Ala. 

Mr. T. Ramon Perdue 
Lookout Mountain, Ga. 

Hon. Lawrence Puckett 
Cleveland, Tenn. 

Mr. Jeff Ryan 
Richardson, Texas 

Mrs. Betty Ruth Seera 
Dayton, Tenn. 

Dr. Mark Senter III 
Lake Forest, 111. 

Mr. David Spoede 
Dallas, Texas 

Mr. Glenn Stophel 
Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Mr. Barry Whitney 
Augusta, Ga. 

Mr. James R. Wolfe 
Noblesville, Ind. 

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Dean Bell 

Vice President for Advancement 

Blake Hudson 

Director of Development 

Steve Keck 

Director of Planned Giving 

Jim Barth, '51 

Director of Alumni 

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Letter from the President 

Page 2 

Bryan Welcomes 
Class of 2014 - Page 4 

Acts Project Reaches 
Around the World 

Page 8 

Bryan the Politician 

Page 12 

Carrying on the Tradition! 

Page 15 

I Dr. Jeff Meyers - 
Preparing the Next 
Generation of Leaders 

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Center for International 
Development- Page 18 

Lion Tracks - Page 21 

A Living Memorial of 
Helping Students 

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The gracious hand of the 

Lord Ezra 7:6 

s I reflect on how miraculously our God is 

working in the lives of students and all of 

us who are privileged to be a part of the 

ministry of Bryan, I can only say that it is 
a result of the gracious hand of the Lord. The prophet Ezra was 
greatly used of the Lord to strengthen his people spiritually and 
prepare them for the work of the Lord, and five times he gives 
credit to the gracious hand of his God! 

Even as we are today, Ezra faced the challenge of his people worshipping false gods — following a 
world view that excluded worship of the one true God. Instead of transforming the culture, they were 
seduced by the spiritual gods around them. Part of our students' education is to expose these idols — 
these intellectual worldviews that deny that there is only one God and one way to know Him through 
Jesus Christ. 

We would do well to emulate Ezra. He presented himself to God for whatever God desired to 
do with and through his life; he prepared himself diligently in the vocation God gave to him; he 
performed well in the ministry he was given, and he praised His God for all that happened. And like 
Ezra, we know that the work of Bryan is accomplished only by the gracious hand of our God. 

This Bryan Life issue chronicles the undeserved favor of our Lord. We are blessed with a record 
enrollment of 778 traditional students plus nearly 500 in our degree completion, graduate, on-line and 
dual-enrollment programs. Our entrance is virtually completed, the 12 new townhouses are finished 
and occupied by our upper-level students, the Softball field will soon be ready for our women's 
Softball program, the new visual arts program has its own home, and the list goes on. 

God has led some wonderful new faculty and staff members our way, strengthening the unique 
education that Bryan affords her students. The Acts Project provided our students this summer with 
the opportunity to live out their chosen vocations missionally, and a significant gift of timberland 
from Holland Ware strengthened our financial future. The World view Initiative is unveiling a 
powerful new program for Christian school students and faculty, and our School of Adult and 
Graduate Studies is unveiling our new Knoxville center that will be ready for students in January. 

As you rejoice with us in God's grace, please pray daily that we will all have the courage and 
commitment to be Ezras, that God would use us to prepare students to reflect the glory of our Lord to 
this generation. 

Ezra "determined to study, obey, and teach the decrees and regulations of the Law of the Lord to 
those in his care" Ezra 7:10. 


Stephen D. Livesay 

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A gift of timberland in Florida is expected to produce a 
stream of income for Bryan College, making it one of the 
largest contributions in recent years, President Stephen D. 
Livesay has announced. 

Holland Ware, a philanthropist and self-described 
tree farmer from Georgia, has donated 1,263 acres of 
managed timberland near Tallahassee, Fla., to the college, 
Dr. Livesay said. The college will continue to manage 
the property for the foreseeable future, with revenues 
expected to total some $357,000 over the next five years. 
The property itself is valued over $2 million. 

"Mr. Ware once again has demonstrated his 
commitment to education and his regard for Bryan College 
with this gift/' Dr. Livesay said. ''Earlier contributions 
over $1.3 million endowed Presidential scholarships 
and assisted with other projects. This significant gift will 
provide continuing support for the college as we continue 
to offer a quality Christ-centered education to a growing 
number of students." 

Mr. Ware's earlier major gift underwrote Presidential 
Scholarships, the top academic award presented by the 
college. Ware Presidential Scholars are chosen on the 
basis of high school grades, college entrance test scores, 
an essay, and an interview with Bryan faculty. 

Blake Hudson, Bryan's vice president for advancement, 
said the income would be used to support the Bryan 
College Scholarship Fund. 

In addition, Jeff Main, who manages much of Mr. 

Ware's timber properties, has volunteered his services to 
manage this tract for Bryan. 

''My motivation is simple: to see Christ glorified in any 
way possible," he said. "I strongly believe in and support 
Christian education at all levels and count it a blessing to 
assist a premier Christian college like Bryan in this manner. 
My strong opinion of the school's qualities only increased 
during my meeting with Dr. Livesay and Mr. Hudson. I am 
very pleased to provide my company's services and labor 
without charge to Bryan in the hopes that it will in some 
small way assist the college to further its mission." 

Mr. Main explained that his services involve evaluating 
timber resources and developing a management plan 
using financial tools and models to meet the property 
owner's objectives. 

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Bryan welcomes 

class of 273 is 
just the latest 
example of "the gracious hand of our 
God" on Bryan College, President 
Livesay told an auditorium full of 
new students and their families as 
the 2010-11 academic year began. 

"When I look and see you all here 
in a time of recession and challenge 
economically and see what is going 
on on campus, I can only give 
credit to our God," he said. "God 
is doing great things for us — the 
townhouses, the new entrance, a 
growing enrollment. What a lesson 
for us that our hope, our prosperity, 
our future are all in the hands of 
Almighty God." 

Dr. Livesay' s comments came 
at the orientation meeting for new 
students and their families on Aug. 
21, the day most of the newcomers 
moved into their campus housing. 
They had been met that morning by 
some 200 continuing students who 
helped direct traffic, unload cars, 
and carry belongings into residence 
hall rooms. 

Student body President Alison 
Young told the group, "We (student 
leaders who helped with the move- 
in process) are here because we love 
to lead, and we lead by service. I 
challenge you freshmen to consider 
what is your purpose this year. 
Don't be defined by your major or a 
group, but be defined by Christ and 
His glory" 

Dayton Mayor Bob Vincent also 
welcomed the new members of 
the Bryan family. "Bryan is very 
much a part of our community," 
he said. "The cooperation between 
the students and the merchants 
downtown is great." He praised 
students for their efforts to serve the 
community and said local residents 
appreciate their involvement. 

As students left to meet their 
orientation group leaders, Dean of 
Community Life Bruce Morgan led 
a session for parents to ask questions 
about the Bryan experience their 

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students were beginning. Questions 
about computers, transportation, 
communication between the college 
and parents and how students can 
access cash were answered by a panel of 
parents, students and college personnel. 

One parent asked about required 
church attendance, and Vice President 
for Spiritual Formation Matt Benson 
responded that there is a motivation 
behind such policies. "I'm interested in 
giving students a vision for how to live 
well, not just for the next four years but 
for the next 60." 

During the convocation service the 
evening before classes began Academic 
Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample 
reminded students that "the fear of 
the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. I 
encourage you to grow deeper in your 
faith. Dig deeply. Ask good questions. 
Our faculty and staff are eager to engage 
with you, to probe the mysteries of life." 

Convocation speaker Dr. Robert 
Norris, pastor of Fourth Presbyterian 
Church in Bethesda, Md., picked up 
on the theme of living a life of spiritual 
significance. "You are being prepared 
to live in these times and shape these 
times," he said. "In the face of a 
meltdown of a society, there is a witness 
of the Word and the power of the Spirit 
of Jesus Christ. 

"Information has never been the goal 
of Christian education, but creation and 

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development of Christian character 
to serve the purposes of God in the 
world/ 7 

He said, "A Bryan College education 
does equip you for future careers. But 
its major purpose is development of 
the whole person and preparation for 
the life of Christ to shine in the midst 
of a society with all its challenges/ 7 

He acknowledged the reality of 
struggles in life, adding, "It is vital that 
your knowledge of God keep up with 
your intellect and social growth. If you 
are content with a junior high or high 
school understanding of God, there will 
be a gap between that understanding 
and the reality of the world you 
confront. You will encounter times 
when the world seems to be victorious 
over the Church. It may be victorious 
sometimes, but it does not win. 

"If you choose to identify yourself 
with all that Bryan teaches, it will 
change you. You will change, grow, 
and mature as men and women of 



A dream many years old is so near reality it is quickly 
becoming part of the Bryan landscape. 

Vice President of Operations Tim Hostetler said Landes Way 
and a sidewalk tie the townhouses to the rest of campus, but 
the new entrance road lacks finish paving between the new 
residence halls and Richland Street. ''That will be complete by 
homecoming/' he said. 

The Tennessee Department of Transportation, in 
cooperation with the City of Dayton, has agreed to build the 
actual intersection with U.S. 27. That part of the project, 
including the section between Richland Street and the highway, 
is awaiting final arrangements by the governmental bodies 
before work proceeds. 

Along with construction of the new entrance has come 
construction of parking lots behind Rudd Auditorium, 
development of a softball field, installation of restroom facilities 
at the soccer field which will be operational by homecoming, 
and construction of a parking lot for alumni at Rhea House. 

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While Bryan College boasts many families that have long association with the college through multiple generations of 
students and many siblings attending, the college is a good place for family members to work together. Pictured as the 
school year began are co-workers who also are family members. From left: 

1. Tom Davis, director of public information, with daughters Elaine Davis, instructor and art fellow, and Pamela Davis, 

instructor in English. 

2. Tim Shetter, assistant dean of community life, and his mother, Judy Shetter, assistant director of financial aid. 

3. Sharon Zensen, receptionist, and her husband, Dr. Sandy Zensen, athletics director and head men's soccer coach. 

4. Dr. David Luther and his wife, Dr. Sigrid Luther, professors of music. 

5. President Livesay and his wife, Corinne Livesay, director of web communications. 

6. Jody Cheon, assistant director of admissions. Her husband, Gary Cheon (NS), is a maintenance worker. 

7. Darlene Lestmann, performing arts coordinator. Her husband, Dr. Phil Lestmann (NS), is professor of mathematics. 

8. Brenda Wooten, associate registrar, and her daughter, Jennifer Travis, coordinator of field experience/education 

9. Dr. Raymond Legg, professor of English, and his wife, Margie Legg, executive assistant to the president. 

10. Keri-Lynn Paulson, reference librarian (and daughter of Phil and Darlene Lestmann), and her husband, 
Steve Paulson, director of information technology services. 

11. Dr. Roger Sanders, assistant director of the Center for Origins Research, and his wife, Connie Sanders, reference 

12. Donna Belisle, admissions office manager. Her husband, Bernie Belisle (NS), is director of the theatre program. 

13. Kimberly Keck, assistant professor of music, and her husband, Steve Keck, director of development. 

14. Tim Hostetler, vice president of operations. His wife, Anita Hostetler (NS), is an adjunct faculty member 

15. Stephanie Wood, archivist, , 
and her husband, Dr. Toddf 
Wood, director of the 
Center for Origins 

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i the summer, the world becomes the 
classroom for students in Bryan's Acts Project 

set a glimpse or living 

in whatever vocation they follow. 

Danielle Rebman, assistant director 
of spiritual formation, spent her second 
summer visiting students and their 
host organizations, while Bonnie- 
Marie Yager, assistant director of 
worldview formation, spent three 
weeks as a mentor to interns in India, 
pitching in to help with the students' 
work when called on. 

Fourteen students had Acts Project 
internships in Europe, Africa, the 
Middle East, India, and China in jobs 
ranging from finance and business to 
journalism to church and parachurch 

"We reach out to students who do 
not want to be full-time pastors or 
(Bible) teachers, but who want to live 
out the Gospel wherever they are," 
Ms. Rebman said. "Our goal is to give 
people a glimpse of what it looks like 
to live life missionally - to understand 
that God is working around the world 
and in their lives. 

"When they go to church, they 
remember what it was like to go to 
church in Rwanda or India. When they 
pray, they remember that 
people are praying around the world." 

That educational experience means 
matching students with interests or 

passions, as Kaity Kopeski, editor-in- 
chief of The Triangle, Bryan's student 

newspaper found while writing articles 
for Operation Mobilization in Jordan 
this summer. It could be the experience 
of Diana Rice who worked in a 
business office in Ireland, supporting 
missionaries in the field. "She realized 
she is gifted in finance and is not 
marginalized because she doesn't want 
to speak to thousands," Ms. Rebman 
said. "She can be part of a support team 
that is valuable." 

In the same way, Ms. Yager found 
her summer "job" of checking on and 
encouraging interns in India helped her 
put in practice her passion for reaching 
out to society's outcasts. 

"I went as a staff member to 

walk with (interns) Andrew McPeak, 
Kristen Phelps, and Seth Flores and 
joined what they were doing, including 
visiting ministries in leper colonies and 
hospitals," she said. 

"Being in India brought the Bible 
alive to me in deeper ways than 
ever before. In the Bible, lepers were 
outcasts, unclean. It's that way in India. 
The power of our going in as white 
Westerners to touch them, to spend 
time with them, is enormous. I had 
the incredible opportunity to share the 
Word with them. I talked about the 
woman with the issue of blood for 12 
years and Jesus healed her, how He 
healed lepers. I told them that your 
family might have left you, but Jesus 
never will." 

While some projects were 
planned, others came as last-minute 

Her team traveled to the city of 
Pondicherry with one goal in mind, but 
when they reached their destination 
the project director told them "We need 
you to teach us, to give us an overview 
of the Bible." 

"So each night we sat up and 
planned what we would do the next 
day, and made charts and graphs," she 

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explained. "In the morning we worked 
on an overview of the Bible. In the 
afternoons we did an inductive study 
of James. In the evenings we went to 
villages where Word for the World has 

tutoring centers. 

"Andrew, Kristen, and Seth shared 
in the teaching; they were really 
amazing. Before we left, the director 

told us, 'This was the most valuable 
thing we have had done for us. When 
someone comes again, tell them to do it 
just like this/ 

"It's the most incredible thing to do 
something like this, when you can't 
take glory to yourself, because you 
know God did it." 

These kinds of experiences, Ms. 
Rebman said, pay off for the students, 
but also help strengthen ties between 
Bryan and organizations such as Word 
for the World in India or Operation 
Mobilization with locations throughout 
the world. 

"The Acts Project is about bringing 
the right people into relationship 
with each other for God's purposes, 
developing relationships with really 
long-term results," she said. 

One group she would like to 
develop a relationship with is Bryan 
alumni. "The hard thing right now is 

that a lot 
of students 
are not able 
to raise the 
money they 
need for the 
she said. 
"This year 
they had to 
raise about 
$3,500. We 
would like 
to have 

Bryan alumni help support the Acts 
Project by offering to host internships 
or to support students financially." 
For more information about the 
Acts Project, visit the web site at www. or contact Ms. Rebman 

Dr. Jones taking 2 
half sabbaticals 

Dr. Whit Jones has a 
reputation at Bryan of 
having an off-beat sense of 
humor, so it's probably to be 
expected that he wouldn't 
take a sabbatical in the 
normal way. 

Instead of taking a semester off from teaching to study 
and write, Dr. Jones will spend the entire year teaching half 
loads both semesters, with the rest of his time working on 
sabbatical projects. 

This fall, Dr. Jones is spending 
his "spare time" working on the 
first of what he hopes will be a 
series of four English texts for the 
textbook publisher Apologia. 

He said the idea for the book 
came from a class he has taught for the adult Summit for 
several years about the relationship of the arts and literature 
to a life of faith. "I have had a number of adults come up to 
me and ask if I had a CD or DVD of the presentation, and I 
don't. It struck me that literature in general at the high school 
level is not well-taught. Many Christian adults and young 
people don't know how to discover or apply its insight and 

Dr. Jones approached Apologia with the idea of writing a 
textbook for a high school introduction to literature, but the 

New Faculty Development Fund will 

support professors' classroom and 

research efforts and help them stay 

current in their field. 

publisher suggested he start with American literature, "since 
everybody has to take that. If this is successful, they want me 
to do a British lit text, then world lit, then an introduction to 
literature," he said. 

The books will be written with the idea of helping a reader, 
particularly a Christian reader, understand the worldview of 
a piece of literature. "I want them to understand how to look 
for truth and reject the non-truth" of a piece. 

Even before this project developed, Dr. Jones had 
submitted a revision of his doctoral dissertation to LSU Press 

for consideration for publication. 
Earlier this year, he was notified 
that the press would like to 
publish a revised revision of his 
study of the Southern writer 
Walker Percy. That will be due in 
early spring 2011. 
Blake Hudson, vice president for advancement, said a 
new faculty development fund, which will support work such 
as Dr. Jones' as well as provide assistance for professors in 
their classroom or research efforts, is made possible through 
gifts of alumni and friends of the college. "We have many 
professors who pour their lives into educating students to 
become servants of Christ," Mr. Hudson said. 

"This fund will help them stay current in their field and 
enhance their effectiveness in other ways. Donations may be 
made online at 

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A BityAN Center 

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Bryan College is planning to open 
an educational center in Knoxville 
in January, Dean of Adult and 
Graduate Studies Michael Chase has 

Dr. Chase said Bryan has leased 
space for its Knoxville center in 
a high-visibility professional area 
which will be convenient for 

Bryan will offer its degree 
completion and MBA programs 
when that move is approved by 
the Commission on Colleges of the 
Southern Association of Colleges 
and Schools. 

Dr. Chase said he anticipates 
offering additional graduate 
programs once the MBA program is 

For more information about 
either the MBA at Bryan or the 
degree completion program, visit 
the website at 
adultstudies, email, 
or call toll-free 877-256-7008. 


BOP Banquet 

Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North 
will be the featured speaker at the 
2011 Bryan Opportunity Program 
fund-raising dinner April 14, 2011, 
Bryan College Vice President for 
Advancement Blake Hudson has 

The Bryan Opportunity Program 
provides funds for academically 
qualified Tennessee residents 
from families with limited financial 
resources to attend Bryan College. 
The program, with major funding 
raised through the annual dinner, 
supplements state and federal 
financial aid programs to enable 
students to attend Bryan with 
tuition and fees covered. 

LTC North served 22 years as a 
U.S. Marine and received the Silver 
Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and 
two Purple Hearts for wounds in 
action. He served on the staff of the 

National Security Council during 
President Reagan's administration. 

He is founder of Freedom 
Alliance, a foundation that provides 
college scholarships for the sons 
and daughters of service members 
killed in action. He is author of 11 
books, including American Heroes, 
based on his extensive coverage 
of U.S. military units engaged 
in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the 

The dinner will be held at the 
Chattanooga Convention Center 
beginning with a reception at 6 p.m. 
For more information visit the 

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The Center for Leadership 
Initiatives, in conjunction with 
the Bryan Institute for Critical 
Thought and Practice, will present 
"International Human Rights: 
Freedom from Persecution/' a 
symposium on human trafficking, 
Nov. 3-7. 

Dr. Ron Petitte, director of the 
Center for Leadership Initiatives, 
said, "If there is any phenomenon 
that puts civilization at risk, it is 
the malignant disregard for the 
human rights of millions of people 
worldwide, who suffer slavery and 
inhumane treatment at the hands 
of fellow human beings. Human 
Trafficking is a global menace that 
defies boundaries and nation- 

Speakers for the symposium 
include Ann Karl, special assistant 
to the ambassador in the U.S. 
Department of State's Office to 
Monitor and Combat the Trafficking 
in Persons; Detective Sergeant 
Roddy Llewellyn and Detective 
Inspector Steve Wilkinson from New 
Scotland Yard; Dr. Wayne Barnard, 
director of student ministries for 
International Justice Mission; and 
Dr. Paul Marshall senior fellow in 
the Hudson Institute's Center for 
Religious Freedom. 

Topics will range from religious 
freedom to law enforcement 
and diplomatic approaches to an 
understanding of victims of human 

For more information and for 
a symposium schedule, visit the 

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Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Homeschool graduate 
Liberal arts major 

he Presidential Merit Scholarship is the highest academic award presented by Bryan 
College. Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of high school grades, 
college entrance test scores, and an interview with faculty members. The 2011 class of 
Presidential Merit Scholars includes: 


Lakeland, Fla. 

Homeschool graduate 

English: secondary education major 

New Port Richey, Fla. 
Homeschool graduate 
Major undecided 

St. Joseph, Mich. 
Homeschool graduate 
Mathematics: secondary 
education major 

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Seneca, S.C. 

Oconee Christian Academy graduate 

English major 

Kingsport, Tenn. 
Homeschool graduate 
Biblical studies major 

Cleveland, Tenn. 
Homeschool graduate 
Communication studies major 

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dential Merit Scholars are pictured before the 
service with Drs. Livesay, Sample, and Norris. 


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ost "commoners/' 
when they think 
about William 
Jennings Bryan, 

think of him as an evangelical 
Christian, a crusader for what he 
believed was right and against 
what he believed was wrong, a 
great orator, and a high-powered 
lawyer who left this world on 
the powerful note of his work 
during the Scopes Trial. While they 
are vaguely aware that he was 
involved in politics, there seems 
to be relatively little attention 
paid to his extensive forays into 
practical politics as well as the 
perseverance of his political efforts. 
Bryan, lest we forget, ran for the 
House of Representatives and 
won, the U.S. Senate and lost, for 
the U.S. Presidency three times 
(necessitating receiving his party's 
nomination three times), involved 
himself in other elections such 

as Woodrow Wilson's in 1912, 
and served as Secretary of State, 
an office of great significance. 
He was often urged to run — and 
considered running — for other 
offices. He even ran for the office 
of Moderator of the Presbyterian 
Church — there was almost no 
other Presbyterian denomination 
in those days, and so this was an 
extremely significant position in a 
very influential denomination — in 
1924 and lost. The very real divide 
between the "Liberal /Modernists' 7 
and the "Fundamentalists" — of 
which Bryan was one — made 
politicking inevitable, and deadly 
serious from a spiritual point of 
view. As many of his Reformed 
colleagues in the Church — such 
as J. Gresham Machen, a rising 
conservative theologian in his own 
right — might have put it, it is not 
enough to just sit back and let God 
determine the outcome, since God 
uses means and the means in this 
situation involved politics. 


In 1890 William Jennings Bryan, 
already known as a great orator 
and rising star in the Democratic 
Party, ran for the U.S. House of 
Representatives in Nebraska, 
his newly adopted state. If the 
past was any barometer, he 
had no chance. Nebraska was 
solidly Republican. His Nebraska 
political mentor, J. Sterling Morton 
(Democrat), had lost every office 

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he ran for (and that was a lot). 1 
And Bryan was young, potentially 
competing against much older, 
more established party leaders for 
the nomination. Aside from the 
explanation of God's Providence, 
how can one explain that he pulled 
it off? His oratory and energy 
certainly helped. But in getting the 
nomination he (and his advisors) 
resorted to a more mundane 
procedure. He got the delegates 
to design the platform before the 
nomination vote. He dominated 
the platform-writing, essentially 
creating his own job description 
and creating a platform which 
automatically knocked out some 
candidates. 2 There was a fight, but 
Bryan prevailed relatively easily, 
starting off with a solid plurality. 
It did not hurt him that many 
farmers — and others — who were 
suffering from economic difficulties, 
became more radicalized in the 
1890s, making them more open to a 
Bryan Populism. He also tweaked 
some of his long-held positions 
during the general election to 
draw more support. For example, 
he dropped his earlier Prohibition 
support (now believing it to be a 
meddling of government in private 
affairs, certainly consistent with 
his Jeffersonianism), although 
he remained an abstainer which 
attracted that group. He was a 
whirlwind campaigner in an age of 
behind-the-scenes and "front porch" 
campaigns. He was not above 
using (or "unusing" — a strange 
term to use) people. He kept his 
old friend J. Sterling Morton out of 
the campaign even though Morton 
had offered much help. 3 He ran for 
re-nomination and re-election in 
1892 and won, as the incumbent and 
engaging in his trademark frenetic 



Bryan decided to run for the 
Senate in 1894, a mid-term year. 

This would not be the same type 
of campaign, since in those days 
senators were not directly elected 
by a state's voters, but rather by 
the state legislature. Bryan had 
become the chief opponent to his 
party's own President, Cleveland, 
and he tried to build on that. Bryan 
did campaign extensively and 
gave numerous speeches; he ran 
as if he were going to be elected 
by the people. Interestingly, in a 
non-binding popular vote allowed 
by Nebraska, Bryan defeated all 
opponents by a huge margin. But 
Republicans elected many legislators 
to the statehouse, and Bryan 
alienated the more conservative 
Democrats by publically supporting 
Populists for significant offices. The 
Nebraska legislature chose someone 
else. Perhaps this experience fueled 
his support for direct election of 
Senators, although it was an issue 
already on the radar screen. 


Bryan left the U.S. House of 
Representatives in March 1895. 
However he was energized. He 
was famous, he was the voice of 
a large faction of the Democratic 
Party (possibly a majority) and 
some Republicans, he was a major 
player, and he was being promoted 
by various individuals around the 
country. And he was promoting 
himself, traveling to various states, 
not only giving speeches but also 
meeting with various significant 
office-holders in those states. He 
was building support. Bryan sought 
the nomination in a national party 
convention. He of course is well- 
known for delivering his "Cross of 
Gold" speech at that convention. 
That did not clinch the nomination 

however. There were numerous 
competitors, most regional, and 
there was the larger split between 
Cleveland-type conservatives and 
the Bryan Populists. Clearly with 
those kinds of obstacles he had to 
have more than oratory. He had to 
do a lot of politicking in the hall. 
Bryan won the nomination on the 
fifth ballot. Almost immediately 
many Democrats turned against 
him, some alleging socialism. By 
far the most interesting political 
feature of his 1896 campaign 
against William McKinley was the 
style of the campaigns. McKinley 
pretty much stayed at home. Bryan 
engaged in what may be seen as 
the first modern-style presidential 
campaign. He traveled 18,000 miles 
across the country, by train giving 
hundreds of speeches some very 
short and unscheduled, to hundreds 
of groups, large and small and 
perhaps as many as five million 
people total. 4 Bryan lost, though not 
by a landslide. 

He ran for the presidency 
twice more, in 1900 and 1908. 
Democrats had little to offer against 
Bryan. And Populism (and its 
first cousin, Progressivism) was 
gaining momentum. Ironically 
that was the problem in 1900 when 
Bryan had to run against William 
McKinley and his vice presidential 
running-mate, Teddy Roosevelt, 
himself an energetic Progressive. 
Bryan lost by a slightly larger 
margin than in 1896. So how did 
he capture the nomination in 1908? 
Previous factors all came into play. 
In addition, Bryan had begun to 
build a somewhat disciplined 
organization outside the party. 
He also moderated his tone on 
certain issues such as government 
ownership of railroads. 5 Bryan lost 

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again, by his largest margin yet. In 
fairness, he was running against 
Theodore Roosevelt's hand-picked 
supposedly Progressive successor 
and thus, behind the scenes, against 
the popular TR himself. 




William Jennings Bryan did 
not cease to be involved in politics 
after he lost his third run for the 
presidency. He flirted with a run 
in 1912 but did not. (Woodrow 
Wilson won in a crowded and 
illustrious field.) He served for a 
time as Wilson's Secretary of State, 
usually as a voice for American non- 
interventionism in foreign affairs. 

After that, Bryan really 
seemed to shift gears, devoting 
an increasing amount of his time 
and energy to speaking in defense 
of Fundamentalist Christianity or 
Fundamentalist causes. The impact 
of Bryan the Politician should not be 
dismissed, despite the fact that the 

only elective office he ever won was 
a House of Representatives seat 
from Nebraska for two terms. 

Why has William Jennings Bryan 
been so long remembered — and 
revered? Of course his famed 
oratory. Of course his principled 
position-taking. Of course his 
persistence (one of only a small 
handfull of politicians who sought 
the presidency more than twice). All 
are true, and good reasons. 

However, as a politician, Bryan 
changed the Democratic Party, a 
change which has been greatly 
expanded and has never been 
repudiated, though even Bryan 
might balk at that expansion today. 
Bryan lifted the art of oratory — and 
morality — in political campaigns 
to new heights. Bryan more or 
less set the pattern for modern 
political campaigning, traveling and 
speaking everywhere, so it seemed, 
even using the most modern 
technology of the day, the train, 
analogous to our modern politicians' 
use of the airplane. In fact, Bryan 
never really stopped campaigning 
until his death, albeit after his loss in 
1908, turning his considerable skills 
to non-political causes. 

For Evangelical 
Christians, Bryan 
remains somewhat of 
an icon, albeit with 
some unconventional 
views on some specific 
public policies, from 
both a "Christian Right" 
and a "Christian Left" 
perspective, because he 
was such an outspoken 
Fundamentalist / 

Evangelical who rose to such high 
political heights — and stayed there 
for so long. He was a Christian and 
he was a politician. 

Endnotes (See full citations in "Select 
Bibliography" below.) 

(1) Morton was a real "Conservative." 
Bryan campaigned for him and 

for Grover Cleveland, also a real 
"Conservative" (some say the last fully 
Conservative President ever, an opinion 
greatly debated). 

(2) Koenig, Chapter 7, especially pp. 

(3) Ibid. 

(4) Kazin, p. 68. 

(5) Kazin, pp. 152-154. 

Select Bibliography 

Chace, James, 1912: Wilson, 
Roosevelt, Taft, and Debs— the Election 
That Changed the Country (NY: Simon & 
Schuster, 2004). 

Kazin, Michael, A Godly Hero: The 
Life of William Jennings Bryan (NY: 
Knopf, 2006) 

Koenig, Louis W., Bryan: A Political 
Biography of William Jennings Bryan 
(NY: Putnam, 1971). Although Kazin is 
cited far more often in the endnotes 
above— because of his succinctness— 
Koenig's is by far the most extensive 
treatment of "Bryan as Politician." 

North, Gary, Crossed Fingers: How 
the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian 
Church (Tyler, TX: ICE, 1996). This is 
a controversial work in parts, and it 
does not treat Bryan or politics per se. 
However it does contain a very great 
deal of information about Bryan, much 
of it rarely seen and some of it not 
"flattering" to his "Evangelicalism." 
Hence it is valuable and is a good 
history of how the mainline 
Presbyterian denomination— which 
Bryan was a part of— became "liberal." 

Petrirto, Ronald J., Woodrow Wilson 
and the Roots of Modern Liberalism (NY: 
Rowman and Lirtlefield, 2005). 

Powell, Jim, Wilson's War (NY: 
Crown Forum, 2005). 

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the new 

students who enrolled at Bryan this fall were 14 children of alumni. 

Pictured, from left, is the new group of alumni families including: 

1 Mark Habermas 


13 Ike Meyers 


25 Irv Barth 


2 Matthew Habermas 


14 Doug Meyers 


26 Aaron Barth 


3 Lori Habermas 

15 Carylee (Gilmer) Meyers 


27 Darlene (Ragland) LaPlue 


4 Carol (Cummings 

>) Giles 


16 Cathy (Robertson) Barnett 


28 Caroline LaPlue 


5 Christian Giles 


17 Joy Barnett 


18 Morris Barnett 


29 Corrie Walker 


6 Cristina Smith 


30 Danny Walker 


7 Scott Smith 


19 Christopher Price 


20 Jim Price 


31 Jakob Ricketts 


8 Joy (Thompson) Hooker 


32 Paulakay (Franks) Ricketts 


9 Sarah Hooker 


21 Luke Ebersole 


10 Scott Hooker 


Harold Ebersole (Not pictured) 


11 Jerry Levengood 


22 Clarissa Stewart 


12 Stephanie Levengood 


23 Steve Stewart 


24 Lisa (Barth) Stewart 


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Dr. Je 


'ay "professor," and the picture 
that most likely pops into 
mind is a teacher in front of a 

But Dr. Jeff Myers, associate professor of 
communication studies, may be found on 
a platform speaking to hundreds, perhaps 

leading a board meeting for Summit Ministries, 

a camera, re 

young hearts and minds for Christ. 

"Everything in my life is focused on 
preparing the next generation of leaders," 
Dr. Myers said. "I do four things: teach at 
Bryan College, run a company that produces 
leadership training material, I'm chairman 
of Summit^finistries Colorado, and am 

Although it may be unusual in a liberal 

professor off campus so much, both 
Dr. Myers and college administrators 

benefits both parties. 

working with (Dr.) Bill Brown 

about Summit, we realized that there 

what I am doing through other ventures. Bryan 

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wanted a biblical worldview 
emphasis with life-on-life 
discipleship, and that is critical to 
what I do/ 7 he said. 

That interest shown by Dr. 
Brown is shared by his successor, 
Dr. Stephen Livesay "Jeff reaches 
many people with the message of 
what Bryan College is all about/ 7 
Dr. Livesay said. "He is out doing 
significant Kingdom work and he 
enriches our ministry here. He is a 
gifted speaker and teacher and our 
students benefit from his being 
part of the faculty 77 

With Dayton as his home base, 
Dr. Myers teaches a leadership 
class to undergraduates in the fall, 
and teaches two cohort groups 
in the MBA program throughout 
the year. "I love teaching in the 
MBA program/ 7 he said. "The 
adults are highly motivated and 
well-connected in the Chattanooga 
business world. They appreciate 
the education and mentoring they 
are getting from Bryan. 77 

Because of his travel schedule, 
he maintains a virtual "office/ 7 
connecting with students outside 
of class by phone or the Internet. 
"If they contact me, they know 
I'll be back with them within 24 
hours/ 7 he said. "I've learned 
how to coach students through 
telephone calls. 77 But he also 
spends considerable time around 
the lunch table with individuals or 
groups of students when he is in 


"When I travel to work 
with other groups, I bring 
Bryan College to people 
who may never have 
heard of it/ 7 he explained. 
"I 7 m not speaking as an 
admissions representative 
but as someone who 
teaches there. Over time, 
Bryan has gained favor 
with groups I work with. 
For instance, we have 
Summit Ministries on 
campus, where hundreds 
of students are taught by 
Bryan faculty 77 

In addition to teaching his 
leadership class this fall, Dr. 
Myers is beginning to promote 
a new mentoring program, "The 
Cultivate Project/ 7 to encourage 
and instruct adults who wish 
to build into the lives 
of the next generation 
of Christian leaders. 
(For more information, 
visit the website: www. 

"I could never do this 
without the support of my 
wife and family/ 7 he said. "I 
was traveling and speaking 
when Danielle and I got 
married, so my family has 
always been involved with 
my ministry. Because we 
homeschool our kids, we're 
also able to travel together 

quite a bit, which not only keeps 
us connected but builds what I 
hope will be life-long memories. 77 

Jeff Myers' Fall Schedule 


1 Association of Christian Schools 
International (ACSI) district meeting 
Dallas, TX 

2-3 Council for National Policy 
Laguna Nigel, CA 

5 ACSI district meeting Little Rock, AR 

6 ACSI district meeting 

7 ACSI district meeting 

8 ACSI district meeting 

12 ACSI district meeting 

San Antonio, TX 
Amarillo, TX 
El Paso, TX 
Houston, TX 

13 ACSI district meeting Lafayette, LA 

14 ACSI district meeting McAllen, TX 

15 ACSI district meeting 

Oklahoma City, OK 

28-29 ACSI teacher conference Topeka, KS 


22 Lutheran teacher conference 

Livermore, CA 

23 ACSI teacher conference Dallas, TX 


3-4 Summit Ministries board meeting 
Colorado Springs, CO 

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ir)^/^ J^ipiiTl^ £ff GERM any 

Aids SrudENTS 
in Eastern Europe 

ry art's Center for International 
Development has become a two- 
way street, benefitting students 
and professionals in Eastern 
Europe as well as Bryan College students in both 
undergraduate and MBA programs. 

The center, which has sponsored more than 170 
programs in its seven-year history, has expanded its 
outreach from the more academic endeavors of its 
early days to projects such as a women's retreat on 
the Christian view of marriage in the Czech Republic 
and an evangelistic outreach in Romania. 

"We have a particular emphasis on 
communicating a Christian worldview to the peoples 
of the former Marxist nations of Central and Eastern 
Europe/' center Director Dennis Miller said. 

The Marxist heritage of these countries has made 
discussion of Christian faith a challenge, but a 
challenge the Bryan team works to meet. 

Cathy Barker, translator Kristina Cagalincova, 
and Justice Barker at Trencin University 

William "Mickey" Barker, who retired two years 
ago as chief justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court, 
traveled to the Czech Republic on behalf of the 
Center several years before he retired. His purpose 
"was not for humanitarian reasons primarily, but to 
be a missionary. If you can't witness in the classroom, 
you need to come up with a way to do it," he said. 

His approach was to have his audience divide 
into smaller groups, with a missionary serving in the 

area. "They had legal ethics questions to discuss and 
come up with solutions," he said. While the academic 
purpose was accomplished, his ultimate goal was for 
students to develop a relationship with missionaries 
which could lead to a presentation of the Gospel. 

Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Vance Fry has 
traveled to the Czech Republic twice with the Center 
for International Development, and is weighing the 
possibility of a third trip in the near future. With 
other efforts on behalf of similar organizations, Adm. 
Fry said he is trying to live out the idea contained in 
the title of a book he read: From Success to Significance. 

"I got to age 65 and had been reasonably 
successful. God has been good to me personally, 
my family, financially. I decided it was time to start 
giving back, so I dedicated about half my time to 
overseas missions and local Christian charities," he 

In his work with the Center, he has spoken to 
military personnel, university students, and potential 
entrepreneurs, covering topics such as leadership 
skills, ethics, and starting a small business. 
"I had some chance to give some of my 
testimony," he said. "You couldn't be too heavy on it 
because that might close the door. But with teaching 
leadership and ethics it is quite appropriate to refer 
to Bible stories." 

Like Justice Barker, Adm. Fry found it effective 
to have missionaries or local Christians interact 
with small groups dealing with issues raised in his 
presentation. "The key is to have believers salted 
among the groups, to get to know people and 
maintain a relationship. It's a missions agenda." 

Dr. Adina Scruggs, assistant dean of academic 
affairs, used Mr. Miller's contacts to organize a trip 
to Brno and Olomouc in the Czech Republic earlier 
this year for MBA students to pilot an international 

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Jason Reynolds, 

one of the students, 

said. "I've always 

found hands-on 

experience to be 

one of the best 

teachers, and I 

felt my work at (a 

community center 

in Brno) was just 

as educational 

as an MBA class. 
Retired U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Vance Fry j^ g p.j ven me an 

appreciation for the good that a consultant can do for 
an organization and a desire to do this sort of work in 
the future. Helping a Christian organization was an 
added benefit. ,, 

Assistance to Eastern Europe often has taken 
the form of inviting leaders from that area to speak 
to Bryan College and University of Tennessee- 
Chattanooga classes and to civic organizations in this 

"Dennis has brought over one of his contacts (Dr. 
Eva Havelkova, former U.N official and social justice 
advocate) a couple of times, and she has spoken to 
the Chattanooga Rotary Club/ 7 Justice Barker said. 
"As a result, the Rotary Club has gotten involved 
with financial support for a home for battered 
women in Bratislava." 

Dr. Scruggs said she has arranged for continuing 
interaction for MBA and Bryan degree completion 
students to take advantage of speakers provided 
through the Center's efforts. Dr. Jeff Boyce, associate 

professor of business, said he is investigating the 
possibility of programs for his students in the 
traditional program such as the MBA students have 

At the same time, Justice Barker is enthusiastic 
about the possibilities of the Center's program. "I've 
encouraged others to do" something like he did, he 

Bryan President Stephen Livesay praised the 
efforts of the Center and those who have cooperated 
in projects in Eastern Europe. "The Center allows 
us to network with many outstanding Christian 
business and professional leaders. They have the 
opportunity to expand their ministries and use 
their expertise to communicate to others in their 
professions a Christian worldview. In many cases this 
has the added benefit of opening ministry and study 
opportunities for Bryan students, which greatly 
enhances the value of a Bryan education." 

For more information about the Center for 
International Development or to find out ways to 
participate in its projects, contact Dennis Miller at, or by phone at 423-634-1114. 

Adm. Fry speaking to military personnel 
in the Czech Republic 

William Jennings Bryan "Bill" Forsyth of Albuquerque, 
N.M., and his older brother, Al Forsyth of Logan, Utah, great- 
grandsons of William Jennings Bryan, this summer visited 
Bryan College, the Rhea County Courthouse, and other sites 
connected with their great-grandfather. 

They met with President Livesay, who discussed plans to 
create a museum devoted to honoring Mr. Bryan, for whom 
the college is named. "I invited them to come back and bring their families when we dedicate the museum," 
Dr. Livesay said. "They seemed eager to do that." 

Before leaving the Bryan campus, they visited the college archives which include pictures and artifacts 
related to William Jennings Bryan. One picture they had never seen before caught their attention because it 
shows their mother standing beside William Jennings Bryan at his outdoor Sunday school class in Miami, Fla. 

From left are Dr. Livesay Bill Forsyth, and Al Forsyth, 

pictured with a bust of the Forsyths' great-grandfather 

William Jennings Bryan. 

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you remember the very first day you stepped 
onto Bryan College campus as a new student? 

1 never saw the campus until my first day as a 
freshman in 1976. My parents dropped me off and according to 
my mother, drove two hours back toward Texas and had to pull 
over because she was crying so much. (Some of you are thinking 
they were tears of joy, but I digress...) 

I got my red and gold beanie, my class schedule, and an 

invitation to the President's Reception, an event that truly 

terrified me. It was a blind date, and I got to formally meet 

the President, all in one short period of time. I was blessed to 

have Margaret Luck Jones as my date, and she teases me to this day about how I dropped her off early. 

(My social skills needed work!) There were stories of dorm rooms being trashed while we were at the 


Today is a very different story. Gone are the beanies and bibs, blind dates and destroyed dorm rooms. 

Instead, there is a small army of upperclassmen who come back early, just to help with the adjustments 

new students have to make. They help empty the occasional U-Haul, and lend assistance to all new 

students with their luggage and belongings. As for initiations, my nephew called me last week, blown 

away at his "hazing/ 7 "They washed MY FEET!" he exclaimed. He was truly expecting to be forced to run 

through the woods or be covered in chocolate or something. 

New students also are divided into small orientation groups, with 
upperclassmen as their leaders. These groups do various activities 
around campus as well as in faculty and staff homes. They are given 
multiple ways to connect and feel welcome. 

Today's Bryan College is very intentional about connecting 
with new students, about living out Christ Above All. We have 
talked many times about that very thing, and once again, it is being 
demonstrated in very real ways. 

My fellow alums, there is much going on around campus. Landes 
Way offers a beautiful entrance to the college, new townhouses 
are now home to more than 60 students, the new Softball field is 
in, and work is being done to further beautify the campus. The 
most important work, however, is being done by faculty and staff, 
preparing these young people to become servants of Christ to make a 
difference in today's world. 

You have increased your support of the college, and I am truly 
grateful. God is doing some wonderful things on campus, and I 
invite you to come back at your earliest convenience, pull up a chair 
at the Table of Fellowship, and see firsthand what He is doing. It is 
YOUR turn to come back to school! 

In His Grace, 

.1 ft£M$&m 

David Tromanhauser 
Alumni Director 

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DR. DAVID FISHER, '67, pastor 
of Plymouth Church of the Pilgrims 
in Brooklyn, N.Y., has received a 
Cheshunt Fellowship to study at 
Westminster College, Cambridge 
University, in the spring of 2012. 
He plans to write, do research, and 
attend classes. He is writing a book 
on pastoral theology, a follow-up 
to his first book, The 21st Century 
Pastor (Zondervan, 1996), and hopes 
to continue the series with a book 
about Paul as a pastoral theologian. 
Plymouth Church, where Henry 
Ward Beecher preached in the 
19th century, is experiencing 
renewal and growth, David said, 
"a wonderful gift of grace and 
demographics !" 



'72, retired this year after more 
than 30 years of service as a 
classroom teacher. Most of her 
career was spent at Westminster 
Academy in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., 

The Gdatt Family 

where she taught elementary and 
middle school, specializing in 
English and history. She was one 
of their pilot teachers for a classical 
studies program, and also served 
as an adjunct professor at a local 
college. Now she is tutoring and 
teaching high school English in 
two homeschool co-ops. She and 
her husband, Paul, have been 
married for 38 years and have two 
daughters and four grandchildren. 
They live in Pompano Beach, Fla. 


BILL BUFTON, '82x, basketball 
coach and athletics director at 
Fort Bend Baptist Academy in 
Sugarland, Texas, has been named 
Texas Private School Coaches 
Association State Coach of the Year 
for basketball. Bill said, "If s very 
humbling to be selected a coach of 
the year, especially in a state like 
Texas. There are a lot of really good 
coaches, so it's an honor. " 


MICAH, '98x, and JOHANNA 
(ZIEG), '97, GELATT have moved 
to Little Rock, Ark., where they 
are serving as missionaries with 
Campus Crusade for Christ's 
FamilyLife ministry. They have four 
children, Josiah, 8; Ethan, 5; Emma, 
3; and Abigail, 1. They can be 
contacted at 

MANUEL "MANNY," '99, and 
CARRIL announce the birth of their 
son, Manuel C. Carril IV, on May 
20, 2010. The Carril family lives in 
Dayton, Tenn. 


ZAC BROWN, '01, has been 
named principal of East Ridge 
High School in Chattanooga, 
Tenn., after serving as an assistant 
principal at Hixson High School 
in Chattanooga. Zac and his wife, 
TOKS (OLOWOLA), '04, live in 
Ooltewah, Tenn. 

Carol Mo 

nd Family 

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The Stevens Family 

TRAVIS, '01, and Canaan 
STEVENS announce the birth of their 
fourth child, Georgia Vaill, on June 11, 
2010, in St. Augustine, Fla. Georgia 
weighed 7 lbs, 13 oz., and was 19.5 
inches long. She joins siblings Riley, 
Luke, and Galilee. The Stevens family 
lives in Elkton, Fla. 

announces the publication of her first 
book, Evolving in Monkey Town: How a 
Girl Who Knew All the Answers Learned 
to Ask the Questions (Zondervan, 2010). 
The book is available on 
and at major bookstores around the 

JENNY RUARK, '03, and Luke 
Haddad were married Aug. 1, 2009. 
Jenny is the daughter of RON and 
'80. Ron officiated the ceremony, 
with alumni in the wedding party 
including KAURI TALLANT, '03; 
'03; HEIDI REW, '03x; HEATHER 
'10x; and JEFF RUARK, '08x. Alumni 
attending included LAURA (SMITH) 

ZOPFI, '81; DAVID ZOPFI, '80; 
'82; and VICKI (RUARK) WELTY, '78. 
Jenny and Luke live in Canton, Mich., 
where Luke teaches and Jenny tutors 
and is a caregiver for a couple with 

MIGUEL AYLLON, '04, and Jessica 
Moser were married May, 30, 2010, in 
Columbia, Mo. Miguel has worked at 
the University of Missouri in Columbia 
since August 2008 and is residence 
hall coordinator for the Department 
of Residential Life. He is president 
of the Hispanic-Latin American 
Faculty & Staff Association. Jessica 
works selling commercial furniture 
for a local company. They met at their 
church, where Jessica leads the young 
professional ministry and Miguel leads 
men's Bible studies. 

William Sergent were married Dec. 
5, 2009, in Grandview, Term. Bryan 
alumni in the wedding included 
BRYAN DAY, '03, who sang; DWIGHT 

Jessica & Miguel Ayllon 

ZIMMERMAN, '59, who read 
scripture; KIM TUTTLE, '84, who 
coordinated the wedding; bridesmaid 
and matron of honor ELIZABETH 
(LAXON) GREGORY, '04. Student 
Brian Mullennix was a groomsman. 
The Sergents live in Wolf Creek, Tenn. 

MINDY GENTRY, '06, and Scott 
Britt were married June 12, 2010, in 
Dayton, Tenn. ASHLEY HIXSON, 
'06, served as maid of honor and 
bridesmaid. Mindy's brother, Taylor, a 
Bryan senior, was a groomsman. Scott 
is an electrical engineer working with 
Bechtel Corp. Scott and Mindy live in 
Spring City, Tenn. 

MEZNAR, '07, were married March 
21, 2010, in Clemmons, N.C. Alumni 
in the wedding party included JOHN 
'07; LAURA FURLOUGH, '07x; and 
ALLISON MCLEAN, '10x. Alumni 
and current students attending 
included LARRY ROSS, '63x; 

Rachel fHeldJ Evans 

Jenny & Luke Haddad 

Emily & Joel Mclean 

Jacqueline & Bryan Roth 

DANA PERRY, '07x; Natalie McGehee, 
Jordan Pilgrim, and Bryan Boling. 
Emily and Joel live in Granger, Ind. 

'08, announce the birth of their son 
Charlie Caleb on May 12, 2010. Charlie 
weighed 8 lbs, 6.5 oz., and was 23 
inches long. The Ragland family lives 
in Magnolia, Ky, where Caleb is a 
farmer and Leanne is enjoying being a 

MARKUSSON, '09, were married 
April 17, 2010, on Lookout Mountain, 
Ga. Alumni in the wedding party 
included ASHLEY BULLIS, '08; 
'09x; KIRSTEN MEBERG, '09; 

SARAH URIE, '09; and student 
Andrew McPeak. Also attending 
PARK, '08; and student Lydia Steele. 
The Roses live in Atlanta. 

and Bryan Roth were married May 
8, 2010, in Dahlonega, Ga. Alumni in 
the wedding party included DEMI 
'08; and TRISHA EWING, '09. The 
Roths live in Woodstock, Ga., where 
Bryan is a lead tech /estimator at 
Wilkes Solutions and Jacqueline is 
finishing her Master's in Teaching 

JOSEPH DEMME, '09, and 
married March 6, 2010, in Franklin, 
N.C. Alumni in the wedding party 
included best man MATTHEW 
SAMSEL, '09; groomsmen PHILLIP 
HILL, '09; and DAVID THOMAS, '09; 
maids of honor JESSICA PHILLIPS, 

Cassic-Mane & Joseph Dcmmc 

ROSE, '09; and bridesmaids KERI- 
'09x; KIRSTEN MEBERG, '09; 
O'BRIEN, '09. 

DAVID BEISNER, '09, and Leigh 
Berner, a continuing student, were 
married May 9, 2010, at Dayton's 
Pocket Wilderness. They live in Dayton 
where David works for Bryan's 
Advancement department. 


MILLIE JONES, '10, has had two 

poems selected for publication in the 
fall 2010 edition of The Christendom 
Review, a literary journal. Millie 
received the William Jennings Bryan 
Philological Award in recognition of 
her accomplishments as an English 
major this spring. 

Leigh & David Bcisncr 

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A Living Memorial of Helping 

harles Robinson spent 11 years on 
staff promoting Bryan College, but a 
scholarship he endowed honors the 
life of service and love for the college 
of his late wife. 

Dr. Robinson was hired in 1972 as public relations 
director, handling matters as diverse as news 
releases about students, directing the summer Bible 
conference, and raising awareness about the college 
in churches and businesses in Chattanooga. 

He had heard about the college from his earliest 
days in Philadelphia, Pa., as "Bryan was the only 
Christian College that we knew about in my church 
community/ 7 Later, as he and his wife, Anna, began 
pastoral and missionary work in Tennessee and 
Kentucky he learned more. 

"We used to help Bryan a bit," he said. "We had 
the choir and the Gospel Messengers come to my 
church." Then Mrs. Robinson came to a summer 
Bible conference with their daughter and a woman 
from their church in Jacksboro, Tenn., and the 
connection was made. 

"While they were at the college they had a 
morning prayer meeting and (Bryan President Dr.) 
Ted Mercer came in with a prayer request. He had 
an opening in public relations that he needed to fill. 
He asked if they knew anybody to tell him. Anna 
went to him and said, T think my husband can do 
it/ I about crowned her when I found out. The job 
description had a lot of things that I had never done." 




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Dr. Robinson as director 
of Public Relations at 

Dr. Robinson and Bailey Payne, '10, a recipient of the 
Anna C. Robinson Memorial Scholarship 

Despite what he perceived as a lack of experience, 
he was offered the job. Dr. Robinson insists that "If it 
hadn't been for the people around me, like Rebecca 
Peck (Hoyt), I couldn't have done anything." But he 
did the job well enough to stay for 11 years, until his 
retirement in 1983, and even worked that year part- 
time as a representative for the college in the area. 

After his retirement, he continued writing a 
weekly Sunday school lesson that at one time 
was published in 76 newspapers. Today, it is still 
published in the Dayton, Tenn., Herald-News. 

When Mrs. Robinson died after 63 years of 
marriage, Dr. Robinson chose to establish the Anna 
C. Robinson Memorial Scholarship in her memory. 
"She loved Bryan College," he said. "I thought 
helping students who were preparing for church- 
related vocations was fitting. All her life she had 
been a missionary, a pastor's wife, a witness. She 
was quite involved. I felt that a living memorial was 
better than a stone on her grave or flowers. She is 
remembered annually when the award is presented." 

The scholarship is awarded each year to students 
majoring in Biblical Studies or Christian Ministry 
preparing for a church-related ministry. 

Jim Barth, director of planned giving, said Dr. 
Robinson's gift is one of a number of ways to 
assist students and benefit the college. For more 
information, contact him at 423-775-7280 or by email 

Christ Above All 


Bryan Life Fall 2010 

Memorial Gifts 

There are many ways for you to make a gift in 
remembrance of someone special that will have 
meaningful significance for years to come. Here 
are a few options to consider: 

A Memorial Gift of Cash 
or Property 

A gift of cash is one of the simplest ways to remember 
your loved one or a friend. You receive a tax deduction 
for the value of your gift to Bryan College. When you 
make your gift, you will designate the person you wish 
to remember and the best way that we can honor them. 

If you are making a memorial gift of appreciated stock 
or real estate, your deduction may depend on the 
type of property gifted. Please call us to discuss the 
treatment of your gift and the best way to transfer your 
property to Bryan College, or log on to our website at for more information about gifts of 


Make a Deductible Gift and Receive Life Income 

You may wish to make a memorial gift while providing current life income for yourself. 
If you are looking for ways to increase your income you might consider these options for memorial gifts: 

Gift Annuity 

With a memorial gift annuity, you make a gift 

of your cash or appreciated property in honor 
of someone and we promise to pay you fixed 
income for life (with rates based on your age). You 
receive a charitable deduction for the value of your 

gift. What's left after 
you pass away goes to 
Bryan College as a gift 
in memory of your 
loved one. Contact us 
if you are interested 
in reviewing a gift 
annuity proposal. 


If your memorial gift is made to fund a charitable 
remainder trust, you can receive income monthly, 
quarterly or annually. You receive a charitable 
deduction for your gift this year and avoid paying 
capital gains tax on the sale of your appreciated 
assets. The remainder passes to us as a gift in 
memory of your loved 
one. Please contact us 
for more information 
on charitable trust 

Bryan College Office of Planned Giving 
1-800-55Bryan (552-7926) 

P.O. Box 7000 • Dayton, TN 37321 

Director of Development 

Steve Keck 

Director of Planned Giving 

Jim Barth 

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Bryan Life Fall 2010 

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Roger F. Allen 

in memory) of 

Dorothy "Dot" Hargreaves Allen 


Carol B. Hoffman 

Ted & Alice Mercer 

Christine Hemphill 

Ted & Alice Mercer 

] John & Cristina Oliver 

Ted & Alice Mercer 

v Charles H. Robinson 

Anna C. Robinson 

' David & Charlotte McSpadden 

Anna C. Robinson 

Grace Bible Church Deaconesses 

Mildred Livesay 

Barry & Laure Whitney 

Mildred Livesay 

Jean Sentz Tobelmann 

Mrs. Ruth Bartlett 

Dr. John Bartlett 

i John Bartlett 

Mrs. Ruth Bartlett 

John Bartlett 

Zelpha Russell Edewards 

John Bartlett 

Ken & Rachel Morgan 

, John Bartlett 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

, John Bartlett 

Rebecca Hoyt 

3 Grace L. Bennett 

Jonathan & Pamela Bennett 

Carol B. Hoffman 

Pauline Burrows 

Stefon & Alice Gray 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

> Ralph & Ruth Green 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Lynn & Beth Hixson 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

) Jon & Pam Bennett 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Blake & Karla Hudson 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Winnie Davey 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

/ Roger & Debbie Woodworm 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Raymond & Margie Legg 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Winford & Martha Seegar 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Grace Bible Church Deaconesses 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Paul & Delana Bice 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Scott & Janice Pendergrass 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Mark & Ruth Senter 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Barry & Laure Whitney 

Dr. George B. Livesay 

Charles & Beatrice Hicks 

Lat & Lane Latimer 

Helen V. Goehring 

Lyman Goehring 

Helen V. Goehring 

Stephen Lyman Goehring 


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in memory) of 

in honor of 

Bruce & Naomi Pauley 

Stephen Goehring 

Steven, Vicky & Kinsey Smith 

Drs. Blair & Louise Bentley 

Glenn, Shari, Devon, Lance, & Logan Hanbey 

Drs. Blair & Louise Bentley 

Randall, Melody, Preston, Jonathan, & Robert 


Drs. Blair & Louise Bentley 

Daniel Boeddeker 

Clyde Boeddeker 

Daniel Boeddeker 

Malcolm J. Hester 

Samuel & Nancy Anderson 

Harriet Anderson 

Dr. John C. Anderson 

James C. Anderson 

Harriet Anderson 

Dr. John C. Anderson 

Ken & Charlotte Tinnes 

Dr. Daryl Charles 

Lauren A. Colby 

Barbara E. Mcintosh 

Nancy Dinnen Family 

Barbara E. Mcintosh 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

Kermit Zopfi 

Bruce & Jerri Morgan 

Kermit Zopfi 

Winnie Davey 

Kermit Zopfi 

Ralph & Ruth Green 

Kermit Zopfi 

Ronald Goodman 

Kermit Zopfi 

Rick & Kathy Farney 

Kermit Zopfi 

Roger & Marge Butler 

Kermit Zopfi 

Silas & Linda Booker 

Kermit Zopfi 

David Zopfi 

Kermit Zopfi 

John & Carol Brown 

Kermit Zopfi 

Doug & Barbara Zopfi 

Kermit Zopfi 

Lee & Kathleen Parbel 

Kermit Zopfi 

Wojciech & Stella Lenart 

Kermit Zopfi 

Henry & Ala Lenart 

Kermit Zopfi 

Rev. H. Lamar Jackson 

Kermit Zopfi 

Ronald & Janet Woodall 

Kermit Zopfi 

Jack & Karin Traylor 

Fred Bedford 

Herman & Barbara Posey 

Fred Bedford 

Morgantown Baptist Church 

Fred Bedford 

The Courtyard 

Fred Bedford 

Albert & Joyce Levengood 

Ralph E. Toliver 

Albert & Joyce Levengood 

Robert T. Bennett 

Mel Hobson 

Stuart Meissner 

Bruce & Naomi Pauley 

Thomas Russell 

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KERMIT ZOPFI, '50x, of Dayton, Term., former 
Bryan College dean of students and instructor in 
Christian education, died July 7, 2010. 

Ohio, died June 21, 2010. 

JOHN VANDERDRIFT, '60x, of Zellwood, Fla., 
died Dec. 16, 2009. 


Bensalem, Pa., died June 2, 2010. 

FREDERICK G. BEDFORD, '86H, and former 
professor of French and Spanish at Bryan, died Aug. 
5, 2010, in Dayton, Tenn. 

Fla., died March 22, 2010. 


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David Beisner filmed and produced 
twovideosforthe Dayton Rotary Club 
this summer. One was a welcome for 
the club's new president; the other 
was a highlights video of one of their 
meetings. He also filmed a video for 
the United Way at the beginning of 
this semester. 

Dr. Brian Eisenback was lead 
author of a paper published in the 
August 2010 issue of The Journal of 
Economic Entomology. The paper, 
based on Dr. Eisenback's doctoral 
dissertation, is titled "Lethal and 
sublethal effects of imidacloprid on 
Hemlock Woolly Adelgid and two 
introduced predator species/' 

Caleb Fendrich, Chris Henderson, 
Dennis Scheidt, and Lindsay Wolfe 

attended the North American 
Coalition for Christian Admissions 
Professionals' admissions counselor 
workshop at Anderson University in 
Anderson, S.C., in August. 

Dr. Gary Fitsimmons publishes a 
quarterly column, "The Small Library 
Perspective: Library Leadership/' in 
The Bottom Line: Managing Library 
Finances. His column has appeared 
since 2007. 

Dr. Raymond Legg had published an 
entry, "Cotton Mather," in the 2010 
Encyclopedia of Christian Literature. 
He also had published an entry 
on "The Anglican Mission in the 
Americas," highlighting the growth of 
the Anglican Church in post-genocide 
Rwanda, for the forthcoming Baker 
Books desk reference on modern 

Dr. David Luther performed as a 
soloist for the community outdoor 
concert series presented by First 
Presbyterian Church, Chattanooga, 
in May. In July, he performed as a 

soloist at Hillside Covenant Church 
in Walnut Creek, Calif. In August, he 
attended the Hinshaw Celebration 
Music Conference in Raleigh, N.C. 

Dr. Sigrid Luther attended the 
Tennessee Music Teachers 

Association conference in June in 
Chattanooga where she gave the 
keynote speech at the banquet, 
adjudicated auditions, and presided 
at two master classes. She attended 
the Music Teacher National 
Association board of directors' 
meeting in July. She serves as vice 
president of the organization, and 
has completed a handbook for 
national performance competition 
coordinators. She also is directing 
the membership committee in a 
recruitment and retention initiative. 

Dr. Michele Pascucci attended the 
Tennessee State Court Interpreter 
Ethics and Skill Building workshop in 
Nashville in August. 

Dr. Drew Randle was chapel speaker 
at Cumberland Springs Bible Camp in 
Dayton, Tenn., in July. 

Dr. Roger Sanders received an 
Appalachian College Association 
fellowship and traveled to New 
York, the Smithsonian Institution, 
the Chicago Field Museum, and the 
Missouri Botanic Garden to conduct 
research on the plant lantana. He 
presented a paper titled "Baraminic 
Status of the Verbenaceae (Verbena 
Family)" in July at the annual joint 
conference of BSG: A Creation 
Biology Study Group and the 
Creation Geology Society. 

Dr. Todd Wood attended the 
Evolution 2010 conference in 
Portland, Ore. He presented two 
papers at the joint conference of 
BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group 

and the Creation Geology Society in 
July: "Species and Genus Counts for 
Terrestrial Mammal Families Reveals 
Evidence for and against Widespread 
Intrabaraminic Diversification," and 
"A Re-evaluation of the Baraminic 
Status of Australopithecus sediba 
Using Cranial and Postranial 

Bonnie-Marie Yager spent three 
weeks in India working with Acts 
Project interns and Bryan's partners 
at Word for the World, and spoke 
at the Mumbai Christian Workers 
Seminar. She also spoke to the 
Scenic City Women's Network in July 
in Chattanooga. 

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Bryan Life Fall 2010 

r J / wo sc holarships 
^ mm ^ m ^£ were established this 
{ ) J summer honoring 

^^_^^ family members and 

friends and seeking to make a Bryan 
education affordable for deserving 

Families and friends of Mr. and 
Mrs. Kermit Zopfi and Dr. and Mrs. 
Irving Jensen have underwritten the 
Zopfi /Jensen Presidential Scholarship, 
which was awarded for the first time 
this fall. Also, Jonathan and Pamela 
Bennett have established the Robert 
and Grace L. Bennett Scholarship, 
to benefit children of overseas 

Kermit & Gleneale Zopfi 

Kermit Zopfi, a member of the 
Bryan Class of 1950, served as 
instructor in Christian education in 
the 1950s and as dean of students 
from 1972 to 1985. His wife, Gleneale, 
served as the college switchboard 
operator and as a secretary for 20 
years. Their work at the college was 
interrupted by 18 years of missionary 
service in Germany. 

Dr. Irving Jensen served for 
30 years as professor of Bible, 
incorporating the inductive method 
of Bible study into his curriculum. His 
wife, Charlotte, served as his typist 
and proofreader for his more than 
70 Bible study books, many of which 
remain in print. 

Irving & Charlotte Jensen 

Robert and Grace Bennett shared 
a heart for missions until Mr. Bennett 
died earlier this year. Mr. Bennett 
served as missionary treasurer for 
many years at their church in Gates 
Mills, Ohio, and on the board of 
directors of Cumberland Springs Bible 
Camp in Dayton, Tenn., which was 
founded by Mrs. Bennett's father. 

The Jensens' children and their 
spouses, Donna, '76, and Phil, '75, 
Carter; Karen, '78, and Steve Collins; 
and Bob, '80, and Becky, '81, Jensen; 
the Zopfis , children and their spouses, 
Doug, '80, and Barb Zopfi; David, '80, 
and Mary, '81, Zopfi; and Carol, '81, 
and John Brown; and family friends 
Jon, '81, and Linda, '82, Tubbs have 
funded the Zopfi /Jensen Presidential 

Jon Tubbs said, "By contributing 
to the Zopfi /Jensen Presidential 
Scholarship, it allows Linda and 
me to honor two families that have 
embodied the motto Christ Above All. 
These men and their families have 
left an indelible mark on the lives of 
so many during their years of service 
at Bryan. This scholarship enables 
that influence to continue for years to 

Jon Bennett said, "We established 
the (Bennett) scholarship because 
we want the children of overseas 
missionaries to be able to attend Bryan 
College and receive the benefit of a 

quality Christian higher education 
with a distinctive biblical worldview. 
We realize that many missionary 
families make extensive sacrifices to 
have their children attend Christian 
colleges — as many of the parents did 
themselves — and we want to be able in 
a very small way to help them in this 

Mr. Bennett, a 1976 Bryan 
graduate, remembers that "the biblical 
worldview that permeated all of the 
instruction at Bryan College created 
a solid foundation from which I 
could operate in a secular corporate 
world while retaining biblical values. 
I appreciated the chapel time, where 
we heard a number of great speakers 
from various disciplines and a good 
mix of Christian theologians and 

Robert & Grace Bennett 

The education, coupled with life- 
long friendships and the personal 
example of some of those friends 
who went into missionary service 
inspired them to create the scholarship 
honoring his parents, he said. 

Individuals interested in honoring 
friends or loved ones by creating 
scholarships in their honor or memory 
may contact Steve Keck, director of 
development, for more information. 
Mr. Keck may be reached at steve. or by phone at 




P.O. Box 7000 
Dayton, TN 37321-7000 



oming this Fall 

Woridview Initiative 

Fri., Oct. 29, Hilgner High Learning, 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Thu. Nov. 4, Silverdale Baptist Academy, 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 
Sun.-Tue. Nov. 14-16, Grace Christian School, 

Raleigh, N.C. 

Chamber Singers 

Sun. Oct. 24, 11 a.m., Ogden Baptist Church, 

Dayton, Tenn. 
Sun. Nov. 14, 3 p.m., Fairfield Glade Community Church, 

Fairfield Glade, Tenn. 
Sun. Nov. 21, 11 a.m., Tyner United Methodist Church, 

Chattanooga, Tenn. 

Performance Arts (all 7:30 p.m.) 

( Fri. Oct. 22, Fall Musical Showcase 

featuring Bryan music faculty and students 
. Wed. - Sat. Oct. 27-30, "The Oedipus Story" 
Fri. - Sat. Nov. 19-20, Opera Theatre Scenes 
t Thurs-Sat. Dec. 9-11, "Scrooge! The Musical"